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|What DACA's End Could Mean for Colleges |
The Atlantic - Sep 18, 2017
Colleges have recently been inserting themselves into the conversation on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program shielding undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S....
College Admissions Process/Strategies
|3 Tips for Surviving College Application Season |
US News - Sep 19, 2017
For prospective college students who want to start school next fall, the application clock is ticking. Many early decision and early action applications are due in November, and the regular admissions deadline is often in January....
|College Admissions: 5 Majors You Need to Choose Before You Apply |
GoLocalProv College Admissions - Sep 18, 2017
While many students will apply to colleges with a major designation of “undecided”, there are pitfalls to doing that. In larger universities, it can be VERY difficult to switch from the colleges of arts and sciences into the business or engineering college. Other times, a major like nursing or physical therapy may be filled and not have openings after freshman year.....
|College-Search Quandary? There’s an App for That |
Wall Street Journal - Sep 19, 2017
The college search can be an ordeal fraught with anxiety and confusion, and dozens of free websites and mobile apps are vying to help students find the college of their dreams.....
|Building College List Like Buying A House |
Forbes - Sep 19, 2017
Buying a new house always starts in your imagination. A bigger yard for the kids to play in. A brighter kitchen. Another full bathroom. A quieter neighborhood. More storage space (always more storage space). We build the ideal house....
|A Look in the Mirror |
Inside Higher Ed - Sep 15, 2017
BOSTON -- College admissions officers and high school guidance counselors regularly engage in racism, keynote speaker Shaun R. Harper told thousands of attendees at the National Association for College Admission Counseling's national conference Thursday, imploring them to change their ways., ...
|Eight things I learned at NACAC 2017 |
Admission Intel Blog - Sep 16, 2017
NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) had its annual conference in Boston this September, and it was chock full of educational sessions, networking opportunities, speeches by respected thought leaders, and four full days of morning, ...
|The Early Decision Racket, Redux |
The Atlantic - Sep 17, 2017
To take your mind off politics, at least politics of the national-election variety, let’s take a look back on some of the oddities of the American college-admissions process, for which millions of families are gearing up right now.....
|The risk of early decision |
The Panther - Sep 17, 2017
In order for me to write this column, I had to think about 17-year-old me. Thankfully, I am a completely different person than I was my senior year of high school.....
| HSCW Counselors' Corners|
Post - Sep 21, 2017
Helping Your Seniors Frozen With College Fear Most schools have only been in session for about a month, but many high school seniors are already experiencing Hump Day in their college applications. .... More
|School counseling needs a makeover |
Houstonian Online - Sep 19, 2017
Therapy seems to be a taboo subject. From a young age, we’ve been told bottling up our emotions is destructive. Despite the fact we’re encouraged to open up about our feelings, it’s still considered a weakness to be vulnerable.
| Parents behaving badly … |
Tribune News-Service - Sep 20, 2017
It’s a tough tightrope out there, and well-intentioned parents are often hurting more than they’re helping. Parents behaving badly – it happens all the time in the college admissions process. Striving for balance is key....
|Why You're Spending $11,000 Too Much Applying to Colleges |
Forbes - Sep 17, 2017
The cost of college has risen 1,000%+ over the past 30 years. So why are families paying even more on all the prep work to apply to and get into college? Follow these steps to save up to $11,000 prepping to pay for college.p....
|Share This College To-Do List With Your High School Junior |
TeenLife Blog - Sep 7, 2017
The minute college-bound students begin their junior year of high school, they should hit the ground running. Junior year is the all-important year for college admissions. It’s when students begin to get serious about college choice, concentrate on test prep....
SATs & ACTs
|College Connection: Why, when should students take PSAT exam? |
MyCentralJersey - Sep 14, 2017
High school students throughout the country will soon be facing the PSAT exam, but many don’t understand its significance. Students and parents often believe the “P” in PSAT stands for practice and that the test is merely a trial run for the all-important SAT exam. ...
|3 Ways to Tackle the ACT a Second Time |
US News - Sep 18, 2017
Later this week, registration closes for the Oct. 28 ACT exam, a college admissions test that assesses students on reading, English, math and science and also includes an optional writing section. ...
|What You Need to Know About Filing the FAFSA for 2018 |
Consumer Reports - Sep 18, 2017
If you’re planning to go to college next fall, the time to apply for financial aid is fast approaching. You'll want to move quickly because there are changes to the process that could make competition stiffer for financial aid funds. ..
|Want to Graduate With Minimal Debt? Choose the Right College |
Nerdwallet - Sep 20, 2017
The average amount of student loan debt that undergraduates have at graduation varies dramatically by college and state, according to a report about the class of 2016 released Wednesday by The Institute for College Access and Success. ..
|10 Things You Need to Know About College Net Price Calculators |
The College Solution Blog - Sep 19, 2017
College financial-aid application season is coming soon. That means lots of angst, lots of questions—and lots of forms to fill out. As a minimum, most families should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or Fafsa. ..
Career and Technical Education
|Why California is investing over $200 million in vocational education |
CNBC - Sep 15, 2017
More Americans are going to college than ever before. The most recent census found that 33.4 percent of adults over the age of 24 have earned a bachelor's degree or more. Kurt Bauman, Chief of the Education and Social Stratification Branch for the U.S. Census . ..
|Achieve a Rewarding Career Without a Bachelor's Degree |
US News - Sep 15, 2017
For many high school graduates, a bachelor's degree is not the only – or even best – track to a rewarding career. Some of the occupations with the strongest prospects these days are "middle-skill" jobs, requiring more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree. ..
|‘A more efficient university’: UT-Austin raises on-time graduation rate. |
Washington Post - Sep 18, 2017
Nearly two-thirds of students who entered the University of Texas at Austin as freshmen in 2013 graduated on time, reflecting significant improvement for the state’s flagship campus amid a national push to get more students through college in four years.....
|Florida schools gain ground in U.S. News college rankings |
Sun-Sentinel - Sep 18, 2017
Florida’s universities are gaining ground in the closely watched U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Nine universities in the state made this year’s list of 230 top National Colleges, up from seven last year.....
||Teen Wants A Tattoo? Pediatricians Say Here's How To Do It Safely |
NPR.org - Sep 20, 2017
Ariana Marciano is adding to her collection of about 75 tattoos at Body Electric, a tattoo and piercing studio on trendy Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. "I think they're so cool and I think they're visually really nice to look at," she says. . ..
|Teen tattoos - an issue raising concern |
News-Medical - Sep 19, 2017
According to a clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, “voluntary body modifications” or tattoos, scarifications and piercings by teenagers is a rising concern. These can lead to serious complications they warn and also discuss the implications...
SATs & ACTs
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